Northeast Energy News

Maine governor puts a stop to new wind projects

WIND: Gov. Paul Le Page has placed a moratorium on permits for new wind energy projects in coastal and western Maine; the move comes as a results of a clean energy bidding process in Massachusetts are expected to be announced. (Bangor Daily News, New Hampshire Public Radio)

NUCLEAR:
• New Jersey’s largest utility worked with the Christie administration to craft a nuclear subsidy bill that would benefit them — while at the same time shield it from having to release financial information; a hearing on the bill is scheduled for today. (Associated Press)
• A lawsuit filed by environmental groups in New York that is challenging billions of dollars nuclear plants received in ratepayer subsidies will move forward. (New York Law Journal)

NATURAL GAS:
• During testimony before the U.S. Senate, the head of ISO New England said the region’s heavy reliance on natural gas threatens grid reliability(Vermont Public Radio)
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A natural gas cooperative in Pennsylvania has been awarded a grant for the development of a $2.7 million pipeline project. (WJAC)

COAL:
• According to federal data, the number of coal mining jobs in southwest Pennsylvania increased less than one percent last year. (Pittsburgh City Paper)
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Nationally, coal-fired power plants continue to shutter and the consumption of coal has decreased since the president took office. (New York Times)
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A Pennsylvania agency has reissued a draft water discharge permit to the operators of a power plant – part of settlement reach with environmental groups. (Kallanish Energy)

SOLAR:
• A solar farm at a New Jersey amusement park will move forward after developers agree to reduce the number of trees that will be cut. (Asbury Park Press)
• A solar training program at a New York community college will receive an infusion of funds from a national solar array company to expand the number of people interested in working clean energy. (Albany Times Union)
• A Massachusetts solar company said it expects business to slow or stop altogether due to the Trump administration’s decision to impose tariffs on imported solar panels. (Worcester Business Journal)
• A Massachusetts town will again consider a large-scale solar project it rejected before. (The Daily News of Newburyport)
• A Connecticut Catholic school expects to get all its power through solar energy when it opens its doors in the fall for the new school year. (The Middletown Press)

ENERGY EFFICIENCY:
• Middletown, Connecticut officials plans to use its participation in a new sustainability program to expand the town’s renewable and energy efficient projects. (Hartford Courant)
• Jersey City has been awarded a $30,000 grant to develop a plan to make the city more energy efficient and sustainable. (NJ.com)
• Glenn Falls, New York has formed a sustainability committee to determine how to use a $50,000 clean energy grant, among early projects include replacing stadium lights with energy-efficient bulbs. (The Post-Star)

POLICY: Connecticut has slipped behind neighboring states such as Massachusetts, New York, and Rhode Island in the creation of clean and renewable energy policy. (Connecticut Mirror)

UTILITIES: A power generation company has dropped its lawsuit over its proposal that Rhode Island ratepayers pay for the cost of connecting a proposed power plant to the grid. (Uprise RI)

TECHNOLOGY: A proposal to use test a Stirling engine to provide heat and energy for a New Hampshire building fails when no one submits a bid — not even the company that initiated the process in the first place. (Concord Monitor)

COMMENTARY:
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The ESSEX plan would help reduce carbon pollution in Vermont by putting a price on carbon and using that money to reduce electricity costs, says a member of a sustainability nonprofit. (Burlington Free Press)
• The Asbury Park Press editorial board says the resurfaced nuclear subsidy bill should be rejected by New Jersey legislators because it lacks a clean energy component and financial transparency measures.

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